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Football: Chelsea-Man Utd battle to be Cup kings in England’s other showpiece

image The eyes of the world may be on a Royal wedding at Windsor, but 18 miles to the east English football’s own showpiece event sees Chelsea and Manchester United face off in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday (1615GMT). Both sides are in need of silverware to salvage underwhelming seasons. Chelsea’s need is the greater, though, as having missed out on Champions League football for next season by finishing fifth in the Premier League, many expect Antonio Conte to take charge of the Blues for the last time, regardless of the outcome. Conte led Chelsea to the Premier League and the FA Cup final in his debut season in England last year. And he launched a fierce defence of his record at Stamford Bridge on the eve of what ...
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Football: Buffon bids tearful farewell to Juventus

image Italy great Gianluigi Buffon played his final game for Juventus on Saturday before tearfully exiting after a trophy-laden 17-year career in a 2-1 win over already relegated Verona. Buffon — who had captained Juventus to a seventh straight Serie A title and fourth consecutive Italian Cup triumph this season — took his final bow midway through the second half. It was the 656th game for the evergreen 40-year-old who arrived in Turin in 2001 from Parma for a then world record 52 million euros fee. The goalkeeper and captain was substituted by coach Massimiliano Allegri are 63 minutes to take an ovation before 40,000 emotional Juventus fans many with their eyes brimming with tears. Juventus were two goals up thanks to Dani ...
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Europe: Harry and Meghan marry in emotional wedding

image Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle became husband and wife in a star-studded Windsor Castle ceremony on Saturday, filled with traditional pomp and modern twists — and watched the world over. The new Duke and Duchess of Sussex exchanged vows at the altar in St. George’s Chapel in an emotional event that brought the biracial US TV star into the heart of the British monarchy. As some 100,000 packed the sun-baked Windsor streets outside, Queen Elizabeth II and the royal family were joined by stars including Oprah Winfrey, Elton John, George Clooney and David Beckham. The couple held hands throughout and exchanged vows in a traditional Church of England wedding featuring unusual turns. US pastor Michael Curry deliv ...
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Asia: Iran wary as EU presents plans to save nuclear deal

image Iran said Saturday it would wait to see whether Europe produces tangible results in overcoming US sanctions before it decides whether to stay in the nuclear deal, as a top EU official visited Tehran to present plans for maintaining trade ties. “The ball is in the court of the EU. They have presented different proposals, we will see if they materialise,” said the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organisation, Ali Akbar Salehi. He was speaking after meeting European Union Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete, the first high-level Western official to visit Iran since the US withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers earlier this month. Canete called the nuclear deal “fundamental for peace in the re ...
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Europe: New Catalonia president includes jailed, exiled leaders in government

image AFP Catalonia’s new president Quim Torra on Saturday named two former ministers, jailed by Madrid for backing independence from Spain, together with two others who fled into exile, to his regional government. Torra appointed his government by decree but it could still be blocked by Spain, which has insisted his administration be “legal and viable” after it imposed direct rule on the region in October when the then Catalan government declared independence. Torra named 13 “advisors” to his government, including Jordi Turull and Josep Rull who are currently being held in custody just outside Madrid. Two others, Toni Comin and Lluis Puig, are in exile in Belgium, where they fled with deposed Catalan leader Carles Pu ...
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National: Fashola orders contractor to complete Zik Mausoleum by October

image The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola has ordered the contractor​ handling the Zik Mausoleum, Bouygues Construction Limited to complete and deliver the project before the end of October. Fashola gave the order on Saturday in Onitsha during an inspection of the project. He expressed dissatisfaction over the slow pace of work and threatened to revoke the contract if the contractor fails to deliver as ordered. Fashola also threatened to report the Project Manager, John Ameh to his professional body, the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) if he fails to deliver. The minister said the Federal Government was not indebted to the contractor adding that, there was no reason for the delay in the execution of t ...
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National: Bauchi Assembly Speaker chides Dogara, others over court action

image The Speaker, Bauchi State House of Assembly, Alhaji Kawuwa Damuna (APC) on Saturday in Bauchi, declared that members who dragged the All Progressives Congress (APC), to court are enemies of the party. Damuna was reacting to court a injunction secured by Speaker, House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, and six others restraining the party from conducting its State Congress. “Any member of the party that takes the party to court is an enemy of the party, because there is a lot of avenue for reconciliation. “Six people cannot hold us to ransom. The state congress will hold and it will be hitch-free. “We have not been served with the court injunction and that is why we are going on with the congress,” he said. Also ...
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Africa: 200 arrests in anti-terrorist operations in West Africa

image More than 200 people were arrested last week in a joint anti-terror and security operation in the West African countries of Burkina Faso, Ghana, Benin and Togo, the Burkinabe army said. “Fifty-two individuals were arrested in Burkina Faso, 42 in Benin, 95 in Togo and 13 in Ghana”, Colonel Blaise Ouedraogo told AFP late Friday. Explosives and contraband goods were also seized. At least two of those arrested in Burkina were suspected of being involved in jihadism, Ouedraogo said, adding that “40 sticks of explosives, 38 guns and 623 illegally registered motor bikes” had been found. Around 2,900 security and defence officers from the four countries took part, he added. Burkino Faso’s Security Minister Clement Sawado ...
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National: Again Shiites members, police clash in Abuja

image Members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) who were demanding the release of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, who has been in detention, yesterday clashed with the police in Abuja. The youths who were armed with stones , chased away a police team and overturned a traffic warden cabin on the road, chanting “Free El-Zakzaky.” The Guardian learnt that the protesters who were mainly youths grounded the Federal Secretariat complex, which is few metres away from the National Assembly and took over the roads in the area. It was gathered that the Federal Secretariat Divisional Police Crime Officer was injured in the face after he called for reinforcement to disperse them. A team of policemen ...
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National: Judiciary needs men of honour to deal with executive recklessness, says CJN

image The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen has said that the judiciary needs knowledgeable men of honour and integrity to deal with executive recklessness, adding that it is one of the available recourse against the abuse of executive power and interpretation of law. Onnoghen stated this yesterday, at the first bi-annual lecture of the Lagos State Judiciary with the theme: “Judicial standards, integrity, respect and public perception: A comparative analysis from independence to the present millennium.” Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour of the Supreme Court of Nigeria who represented t ...
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